Great question. Right now, I would say my most difficult class and my favorite are the same thing. I am currently taking a class called Masters of Style in which we read contemporary authors and then imitate their writing through our own stories (also talked about it in this question). It’s half critical, half creative, which is awesome. The discussion is always really lively and the other day my friend who is also in the class likened the part where we read imitations to “getting presents at Christmas” (I totally agree).
The difficult part comes in the mere act of having to reproduce a “master of style”. It’s very challenging and hard but worth it in the end. Doug Bauer, the professor, is always so helpful in his comments and feedback. I also, personally, am not a literature concentrate, so the experience for me has definitely been difficult but so rewarding. Studying outside my discipline is something I feel to be necessary to my work and being at Bennington, it’s encouraged.
-India K, ‘12